from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mark with stains; discolor; spot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To stain.

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  • verb transitive To mark with stains; discolour; spot.


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From be- +‎ stain.


  • In the time of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn wished to give the post of abbess to a friend, but King Henry had scruples on the subject, for the proposed abbess had a somewhat shady reputation; he wrote, "I would not for all the gold in the world clog your conscience nor mine to make her a ruler of a house, which is of so ungodly a demeanour, nor I trust you would not that neither for brother nor sister I should so bestain mine honour or conscience."

    From John O'Groats to Land's End


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